The Orpington fowl sprang to prominence in the late 1800’s under the breeding hand of William Cook. This fowl was the premium layer of its day and could earn large amounts for its owner. Tegetemier, whose Poultry Book, published in 1873 was a standard reference work, wrote a small book called Profitable Fowls and Eggs. The chief reason for this book was to argue that no-one could possibly make a living from fowls. Cook travelled the world on the sales of this breed. Today the breed no longer holds this reputation, having been overtaken by the Australian Orpington, which became known as the Australorp, then later by the crossbreed and hybrid layers.
Dallas Smith is a well known poultry judge, breeder & conservator of rare breeds and the Orpington. This book is for the beginner and experienced breeder.
The Orpington is a standard heavy breed with 5 colours, and is still popular as a free range and pure breed fowl.
Published in 2005 with an A4 softcover. Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm 79 pages (15 coloured pages).